The Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Frank Reich following a Week 9 meltdown, and the transfer couldn’t have come sooner for Colts followers.
The three-5-1 Indianapolis Colts are nonetheless, miraculously, solely second within the AFC South, however a 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots was sufficient to ship their head coach packing.
On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the information that the Colts fired head coach Frank Reich.
Colts proprietor Jim Irsay confirmed that the group had “parted methods” with Reich.
There’s been a flurry of dialogue about Reich’s tenure with the Colts as journalists and sports activities followers pore over his report and his current efficiency.
The Athletic included Reich’s report with the Colts over his four-plus years in Indianapolis: 40-33-1.
Ian Rapoport and Ari Meirov spell out the dumpster hearth that’s now the Colts offense: no head coach, no offensive coordinator, and a younger quarterback who simply noticed his first NFL begin in opposition to a league-leading protection.
A number of different NFL journalists famous how dire the offense has been underneath Reich for the previous few weeks.
Rapoport additionally famous how uncharacteristic it’s to see two NFL head coaches benched by early November: Matt Rhule and now Reich.
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For a lot of NFL followers, it was the accountability they had been hoping for however didn’t count on.
Colin Cowherd known as out Jim Irsay for being “impulsive” in his determination, detailing how the Colts have struggled not due to their head coach, however due to the difficult conditions the proprietor foisted upon the crew. First, Irsay needed Wentz, then needed him out simply as shortly, leaving Reich to work with an impulsive Matt Ryan.
“Coping with impulsive homeowners is de facto laborious. Irsay needed Wentz out — that is what you’re left with.”
The Ringer’s Benjamin Solak agreed that the current losses are unfairly pinned on Reich. As a substitute, the group needs to be extra essential of Chris Ballard, the final supervisor who put Reich and the group in such a troublesome predicament within the first place.
However after yesterday’s loss in opposition to the Patriots, the selections Reich did make stacked up in favor in opposition to him. Ignoring no matter hand he might have been dealt, the truth is that the Colts suffered a brutal loss, and Reich took on all of the blame.
Contemplating that Reich and Ballard criticized Wentz for his play final 12 months, evidently the top coach is now bearing the brunt of these criticisms now, too.
Colts followers must wait and see if Ballard — or maybe arch nemesis Josh McDaniels — might be subsequent.
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